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TTU K-12 Portal - Teacher FAQs

 

How do I access the New TTU K-12 Focus Portal?

The new TTU K-12 Portal is a single-sign-on system. You will be able to access your courses in the LMS directly from the Portal. Do not log directly into the LMS login screen.

Open a Web browser and navigate to the TTU K-12 Focus Portal.
From the login screen as shown below, enter your username and password and click "Log in".

Focus Login

After successfully logging into the portal, you will be taken to your dashboard. The dashboard is your starting point into managing students, your profile, and accessing courses.

Focus Teacher Dashboard

How do I view my active courses?

There are two ways to view your active courses:

In the upper right hand corner, you should see a drop down with your course list, clicking on the list will display all current courses.

Or you may select "Sign into Blackboard" which will allow you to view your active courses inside of the LMS. You will need to certify Final Course Grades in the Focus SIS.

Focus Teacher Courses

How do I view my active students?

To view all your active students click on "Students" tab at the top and then select "Student Info".

Focus Teacher Student Info

Once on the search page, you should be able to refine your search by selecting "Search All Sections, Search the Entire School or Include Inactive Students.

Focus Teacher Student List

Another option would be to use the "Find a Student" on the homepage.

Focus Teacher Home

How do I certify the final grade for a student?

To certify student's grades, teacher will need to select "Grades" and then "Post Final Grades" in Focus.

Focus Teacher Certify

Teachers can select a student they need to certify from the student list or by using the Student Search and Filter boxes. Clicking on the "Grade Student" button will go to the Grade Certification screen to certify the student's Final Course Grade.

The teacher will verify the Final Course Grade matches what is in the Blackboard grade book, select the numerical grade from the drop-down.

How do I update a student's grade?

Teachers that need to update a student's grade may do by selecting "Request Grade Change" inside of the portal.

grade change 1

After selecting the student and the term (generally S1), the following information should auto populate

grade change 2

You would then need to add the "New Grade Letter" and the "Explanation" reason for the grade change

grade change 3

Once you have entered all of the following information and pressed "save" you should see the following screen indicating that the grade request change has been completed.

grade change 4

How do I access the course within the Learning Management System?

The new Portal is a single-sign-on system. To access your courses within the LMS, please click "Sign into Blackboard" on the course homepage. Do not log directly into the LMS login screen.

Focus Teacher LMS

How do I reset my password in Focus?

Users have 5 attempts to login before their account becomes locked. If your account gets locked out, please wait 2 hours before trying again.

To update your password in Focus, please select "My Information" and then select "Preferences".

Focus Teacher Preferences

Inside of the Preferences, please select "Password"

Focus Teacher Password

After you reset your password a dialog box will appear, and you will be asked to create and confirm your new password.

To change your password, click on the preferences option in the left menu and then click the password tab. Provide your current password and then your new password in the boxes. Click save in the upper right corner of the screen.

The rules for creating a new password are:

  • passwords must be at least 9 characters long,
  • must contain a mix of upper- and lower-case characters,
  • have at least 1 numeric character,
  • have at least 1 special character.

The password change dialog will display a Valid Password message when the typed  password meets all the requirements.

How do I contact TTU K-12 student services?

TTU K-12 Student Services may be contacted by calling us at 1-800-692-6877 or by emailing us at ttuk12@ttu.edu.

 

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